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Merthyr Board of Guardians. The above was held on, Saturday. There were present: Mr. J. Kogws (chairman), Revs. J. H. Davies and J. O'Beilly, vice- chairmen; Mrs. Evans, Mrs. Richards, Mrs. Williams, Messrs. D. Evans, Mer- thyr, J. Lloyd, H. Jones, R. Evans, J. Prowle, D. Davies, J.-Price, W. Thomas, John Morgan, B. P. Evans, W. Hiley, H. Lewis, T. Williams, J. Jenkins, 8. Hawkins, D. Hughes, T. Wealfe, R. Rees, J. Evans, J. Jones, Joseph Morgan, T. E. Morgan, F. Arscott, N. F. Hankey, A, W. Houlson, J. Aurelius, Revs. W. C. Thomas, Ll. Williams, W. S. Davies, W. A. Jones, and Mr. F. T. James, clerk. Out-Relief—A cheque for .£370 was drawn. AN APPLICATION FROM NAZARETH HOUSE. The Sisters in charge of Nazareth House had written asking the Guardians t6 increase their contributions towards the maintenance of their Union children at that institution to 5s. per week per child. The Training School Committee recommended that 4s. 6d. be given. The Rev. J. O'Reilly now stated that the cost of maintaining the children at Nazareth House amounted to about 8s. per child. The committee had always dealt in the proper spirit with applica- tions from Nazareth House, but on this occasion ho was sorry to dissent with their resolution that only 4s. Gd. be granted. He moved that 5s. be granted. The difference between the 5s. and the 8s. the institution was prepared to make up. Mr. T. E. Morgan seconded.. Mr. J. Prowle wanted to know on what grounds did the committee refuse the ap- plication of Nazareth House. Mr. D. Hughes observed that they were under the impression that they were offer- ing Nazareth House the actual cost of the maintenance of the children. Mr. R. Roes said that the committee understood that the cost per child was about 4s. 2d. a week. The Clerk also remarked that 4s. 2id. covered the expense of food, necessaries, and clothing. Rev. J. O'Reilly: But that is not all. You count the officers' salaries, etc., and it comes to about 8s. Mr. H. Jones: I support the motion to give 5s., but I should like. to see every child under the Board getting that sum. Chairman: Order; we are dealing with this matter alone now. Mrs. Richards also spoke in favour of granting the 5s., and eventually Father O'Reilly's motion was carried MR. BIRCHAM'S COMPLIMENT. Mr. Bircham, the Poor Law Inspector, ^as present, and upon being asked to address the Board he made some remarks Oil the efficient state of the Workhouse, and especially the Infirmary, which was ftiost up-to-date, and adapted for treating the poorest of patients. He hoped the Guardians would use their influence to Induce people to enter the Infirmary, ^laiiy poor people were now debarred ffom entering the Infirmary by ignorant Prejudice. PREVENTION AND CURE. Taking the increased population into Consideration, the pauperism of the Union hd not increased abnormally. Against 11 increase of 4 per cent. in pauperism hey had an increase of 16 per cent. in population. The expenditure had "Pen welJj advised and exercised in the riSht direction. The relief of paupers }vas a necessary evil, but if instead of Gilding palaces for them they could im- prove their conditions so as to obviate institutions it would be much better. Guardians should not indulge in ^asy.g0ing kindness, but HELP THOSE WHO HELPED THEMSELVES. is experience taught him that there ere fewer young men belonging to clubs f °u" than there were years ago. Young did not subscribe to provident socie- es so generally and so liberally as they (S(>cl to. Why? Because they relied on ij^Pensation. If anything happened to W ell1 the employer had to pay, and it but right that he should. (Hear, ¡IL") But there was a tendency in that i'onUre rea^sati°n to foster a feeling of ucking recklessness in many young and they would not subscribe to 1 club. Then when they got out of •' they felt sorry that they did not jt. °llo to some provident society. He t6(i that in future the Guardians 14-0111d be called upon to maintain an in- asing number who, failed to get em- thJ lllnt after a certain age. In view of lll they should as Guardians strive to e some arrangement to provide ^LOYMENT FOR ELDERLY MEN Ml0 j, ^«re capable of performing it. ^tlier O'Reilly: Picking oakum? tl, v- Bircham: No, I do not want to do that, but they could betake "Où,selvs to net-making, etc. That tend' to make the lives of elderly >H0l, Jriore pleasant to themselves and 6 Profitable to the Union. < BIRCHAM AND THE LADIES. Understood that about 80 ladies con- Understood that about 80 ladies con- a Visiting Committee at the Of He believed hat this vast amount jested philanthropy could be as- )Í\(\l' (tted and utilised in a more practcal They should be reduced into ,lM forking committees, who would ^ino. to teach the inmates some- tit, But first of all they should teach %{jelves, if they were not "gwynt i V j (Laughter.) They should instruct ma^ei niats for the House Nt School, which could be done with- 1 Offering with any trade. I COTTAGE! HOMES. IVe otlld advise them not to build any t^°UlcjC0^ag:e hotties at- Aberdare. They lY'serve the Aberdare institution bi gger boys, and build cottage V"1* other districts. He noted that i 0l'e now 194 boys in the school, a ln°ro by 47 than was originally |M K.. Whereas ten years ago they |S i 4*58 indoor paupers in the Union sH- now 670. The out-door paupers I years ago. Mr Bircham concluded by say- ing that the outside public should be made to understand thai. much more than half of the money spent nominally on the poor was spent on other things, which was really outside the sphere of pauper- ism. Mrs. Williams remarked that they had one time adopted a scheme for giving light employment to inmates. They had an excellent secretary, but illness com- pelled her to give up her post. Rev. J. O'Reilly: I propose that Mr. Bircham be asked to attend the next Ladies' Committee. (Laughter.) Mr. Bircham: Oh, no, that would be too practical. I only preach, you know; it is so much more difficult to, practise. (Loud laughter.) Mr. Prowle: Open confession is good for the soul. Mr. Prowle favoured the adoption of a system similar to Cardiff's, namely, to get the children out of the Training School into scattered cottage homes, and utilise the school as a supplement to the Workhouse. THE RECTOR AND MR. PROWLE DISAGREE. The Rev. Ll. Williams moved that Mr. D. Evans, Merthyr, and the Rev. J. H. Davies attend the conference in London of the Association of Poor Law Unions. Mr. J. Prowle moved that Mr. Evans and Mr. W. Thomas, Cwmaman, be selected. Rev. J. H. Davies: I withdraw my name. Mr. Williams characterised the moving of the amendment as an extraordinary proceeding. The only consolation was that it came from Aberdare. Mr. Prowle: It is extraordinary that one man should rule this Board. Chairman: Ord>etr, pl'-ease. Mr. Prowle's motion was agreed to. THE RECTOR AND MR. PROWLE AGREE. A woman applied for permission to ap- pear before the Board to appeal against a maintenance order. Rev. 1,1. Wlliams: I move that the woman be called in. t Mr. Prowle: I agree with the Rector for once. I second that. The Chairman suggested that they should not interfere with the magisterial order. Eventually the woman offered ls. 6d. per week, which was accepted. THE! KIRWAIN ROMANCE. A Correction In our report of the Board of Guardians last week we stated that the chairman of the meeting, R?,T. J. O'Reilly, remarked that Mr. Veale was subject to bouts of drinking mania, whereas it should read "roving mania." Father O'Reilly said nothing that would imply that Veale was of intemiJerate. habits.

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